(3) The Formation of Man
What is the Montessori Method? If we were to eliminate not only the name “Method” but also its common conception, this would become much clearer. We must consider the human personality and not a method of education. For the word “Method” we should substitute something like this: “Help given in order that the human personality may achieve its independence” or “means offered to deliver the personality from the oppression of age-old prejudices regarding education.”
Vol. 3, The Clio Montessori Series, Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
In this book, Dr. Montessori urges adults towards an understanding of the laws of growth, and pleads for a reshaping of the educational system that is ironically prejudiced against the child. First printed in 1955, the book includes a chapter on world illiteracy, as it is a problem of grave magnitude, even today.